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Colourful April

This is my contribution to Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Colourful April prompt.

I decided to look back at some of colourful April photos from my archives. One for each decade since the 1980s with as wide a variety of images as possible.

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1980s. The first weekend of April 1982. I am at the Le Mans race circuit in France documenting Team Bike in their first 24 hour endurance races. A pit stop at dawn on Sunday morning.

Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

1990s. A male Orange Tip Butterfly feeding on Bluebells in a cottage garden. Photographed at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

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2000s. A male American Robin on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Recently arrived in Ontario on spring migration and giving me an attitude.

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2010s. Late April 2018 and the local bay is still frozen and partially snow covered. Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.

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2020s. Moss and lichen on a limestone boulder on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Taken on a walk around the neighborhood last Saturday afternoon.

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ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

This is my contribution to Ann-Christine’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: You Pick It prompt.

Shortly before Ann-Christine posted the prompt I had been for a walk. One of the things I did on the walk was continue my experiments with intentional camera movement.

As a result I decided to look back at some of the photos from my experiments with intentional camera movement. Specifically the photos of trees on my walks.

Lens-Artists: You Pick It!

Trees in leaf in mid summer. A previously unedited photo from the 52 week photo project I did in 2018.

CMMC: Contains two A

Bare trees in the snow in winter. A photo from about six weeks ago when I was limited to certain routes when out for a walk.

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Trees in a mixture of leaf litter and patches of snow. A photo from a few weeks ago after a thaw. The mixture of leaf litter and snow on the ground gives the foreground a different appearance.

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Bare trees in early spring. Taken last Saturday afternoon and the photo that gave me the idea for this post.

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Geometry

This week Patti gave use the prompt Geometry for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

I started out considering various architectural subjects before thinking of some of my table top photos from the past year or so.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Pick a Colour
Diamond knurling on a section of a small aluminium torch (flashlight).
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Surrealism
The square wire mesh of a kitchen sieve.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes
Hard plastic O rings I use for camera straps.
Macro Monday: 8th March 2021
Wax crayon tips, circles.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes
Slides and slide mounts, rectangles and squares.
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A Change of Scenery

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Change of Scenery prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge but in the end decided to keep it simple and stay local. I decided to look back to last summer and autumn when some of the Covid-19 restrictions started being lifted and I could visit one of my sunrise locations again.

Wordless Wednesday: 8th July 2020

One of my first visits to Colpoy’s Bay for a sunrise after the restrictions were eased.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night

In July Comet Neowise was in the news. I made several attempts to see and photograph it. On one occasion I set up the camera to record star trails over Colpoy’s Bay while I looked for the comet.

A Photo a Week: Joy

Once the restrictions were eased a little and I could visit the bay I spent quite a bit of time photographing ripples on the water at sunrise. On this occasion a Common Loon swam into the section of ripples I was photographing and created a second set of ripples.

2020: Red Streak

The autumn saw lots of storm clouds over the bay but I still went for the sunrise.

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Special Moments

This week Tina gives us the prompt Special Moments for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

A female Wilson’s Phalarope. I was on a section of the Middle Quill Lake shoreline looking for summer migrants when half a dozen Wilson’s Phalaropes flew in and started feeding around me. I lay down in the sand (and wildfowl poop) to photograph them at eye level. They completely ignored me, some of the birds came so close I couldn’t focus on them.

One Word Sunday: Bright

Having been experimenting with intentional camera movement recently this photo may be where it started for me. A competitor in the 1982 Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race enters the start/finish straight shortly before midnight. Far to abstract for the magazine editor but I liked the images and have been experimenting on and off ever since.

Throwback Thursday: 28th May 2020

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich, Cheshire. I documented the entire nesting cycle from the beginning of nest building to the empty nestbox after the last youngster had left. Extensively published I spent a week looking at a nestbox photo on the contents page of the Radio Times without recognising it as mine.

One Word Sunday: Drama

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. I was in Scotland one autumn with the plan of doing lots of landscape photography. With almost constant rain I wasn’t getting a lot of photos until the end of day three when the rain stopped towards sunset. One of the photos from this evening was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest on the theme of ‘The Beauty of Light.’

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Natural Light

This week Amy has given us the prompt Natural Light for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Six Word Saturday: Fishing in the Mist at Sunrise
Golden light on the mist on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.
A Photo a Week Challenge: Water
Storm clouds and light beams, Loch Arkaig, Scotland.
Tuesday Photo Challenge - Animals
American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Subjects Starting with the Letter S
Backlit Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.
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Soft

This week Ann-Christine gives us the prompt Soft for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

My first thought was of some of the photos I had taken last year when I was experimenting with photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. Mostly fast portrait lenses but also some CCTV lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.

2020: Greens and Browns
Fern amongst autumn leaves with a CCTV lens.
Family portrait of some Coneflowers
A group of Coneflowers photographed with a fast portrait lens.
Six Word Saturday: First Light on Grass Seed Heads
First light on some grass seed heads with a fast portrait lens.
Weekly Prompts: Greenery
Fern frond detail with a fast portrait lens.